Funding a Coaching Cluster
- Begin by gathering a group of people together to pray for this opportunity.
- Look at the church budget to see if there are funds that could be applied to this work.
- Reserve funds
- Programming funds
- Continuing Education funds
- New initiative funds
- Seek approval from the Church Council for participating and for funding
- Preview the work with key leaders – both elected and informal leaders
- Put your request in writing and share it ahead of time with the council (see sample below)
- Identify where money might come from either by reducing other expenses, spending reserves or savings, or by increasing income in some specific way.
- Identify the spiritual and temporal return on investment that is possible.
- Boldly ask for individual second mile contributions
- Immerse your request in prayer: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 NIV
- The one who asks should also be willing to contribute herself or himself.
- Set the environment for the request – invite a group of people to dinner, meet with an existing class or group, or call a special meeting.
- Put the request in writing to provide clarity. Be specific about what you are asking each person to consider doing.
One small church wanted to raise the entire amount to invest in this process. A key lay leader heard the presentation, let folks think about it for a few minutes and said “This is important for us to do and important for us to invest in. I know we don’t have any money budgeted for it, so I’ll put up the first $100. Is there anyone else who believes this is important enough to invest in?” Within ten minutes the group had put together $1,500 through individual commitments. Not only that, but the entire group joined the team to give time and effort to the work as well.
- If after you have worked through these opportunities you are still short of funding, contact the District Superintendent to ask for help.